Give water credit for time at school
Today, women and girls will spend over 140 million hours trying to get water — often dirty — for their families. Their average travel distance is 6 kilometers a day, half of that walked with 40-pound jerrycans on their backs. That’s time not spent working on income-generating jobs, caring for family members, or attending school, and enough lost working hours to build 28 Empire State Buildings every day.
Dirty water disproportionately impacts children. More than 500,000 children die needlessly every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Sadly, even those children who are lucky enough to survive are left with mental and physical deficits that will disadvantage them their entire lives. Evidence suggests that permanent stunting occurs in children whose bodies fail to absorb nutrients from the foods they eat due to disease caused by lack of adequate sanitation. The loss of 443 million school days each year due to water-related illness limits the potential of these young minds.
This is why we created WaterCredit. WaterCredit is a solution that empowers families in need, with small, affordable loans to establish their own safe water taps and toilets at home. This means more kids around the world can spend their days in school.